Mercedes-Benz's march towards an all-electric future is picking up steam as the automaker gets ready for its next EV, the EQS SUV. The three-row vehicle gets revealed on April 19. But in the meantime, Mercedes-Benz teased the auto world with a look at the interior and announced plans for the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, factory that will make the EQS SUV. Yes, it's a tongue twister name that may get confused with the EQS sedan.

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A Modern, Upscale EV Interior

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While the German automaker has kept the EQS SUV's exterior partially under wraps, it's now showing what the inside will look like. Mercedes calls the cabin "progressive and luxurious," with a design that mimics what first appeared in the EQS sedan. A vehicle already rolling out of the company's Sindelfingen, Germany, factory (alongside the gas-powered S-Class sedan).

The sweeping 56-inch curved display, dubbed the MBUX Hyperscreen, combines the instrument cluster and infotainment system into one seamless screen. A separate 12.3-inch display provides the front seat passenger with their own controls and the ability to watch video content even when the car is in motion. According to Mercedes, a camera can detect if the driver is watching TV (while the vehicle is in operation) and will dim the video screen.

The vehicle will come in either a five- or seven-passenger configuration. Mercedes promises that the two-seater third row "is even more comfortable than in the GLE." Rounding out the interior touches for the EQS SUV is an exclusive scent that Mercedes calls No.6 MOOD mimosa, an "earthy fragrance tinged with subtly sensual hints."

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New Battery Plant To Support EQS SUV Production

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Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Mercedes Alabama factory, the company announced a new nearby battery plant in partnership with cell specialist Envision AESC. The effort will add 600 new jobs to the company's payroll.

Mercedes touts that more than four million vehicles have left the Tuscaloosa factory since production began in 1997 and around 260,000 SUVs left the plant last year alone. The six million square-foot facility currently produces the GLE, GLE Coupe, GLS, and Mercedes-Maybach GLS. C-Class sedan production there stopped after 2022. The EQS and EQE SUVs are set for manufacturing at the Alabama plant.

Waiting For EQS SUV Drivetrain Details

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We'll likely have to wait until the April reveal to learn what will power the EQS SUV. Given that it shares a platform with the EQS sedan, it's safe to say that this electric SUV will have similar specs. The all-wheel-drive version of the EV sedan with a dual-motor system makes 516 horsepower and 631 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes hasn't confirmed range information.

Source: Mercedes-Benz USA

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